“The Ron Clark Story,” TNT
“Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy,” Lifetime
Aidan Quinn, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” HBO
Supporting Actress, Mini-Series or Movie
Director, Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Writing, Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
They especially like films with serious subjects--e.g., Gandhi, The English Patient, Crash--whether they're truly the best or not. What someone wrote about the Oscars also applies to the Emmys and to Bury My Heart:
Bury My Heart didn't win for best writing because it wasn't that well-written. Most critics said it was more of a dutiful lesson than a stirring drama. About the only scene they praised was Sitting Bull's exchange with Colonel Miles--and that was totally bogus.
What the critics said (or would've said) if they knew their history is that the screenplay was riddled with mistakes and stereotypes. As I pointed out in Bury My Heart's Bias Against Indians. The critics and Emmy voters may have sensed the mistakes and stereotypes intuitively even if they didn't understand them intellectually.
I haven't seen the seventh Prime Suspect yet, but I have seen the first six. If the last show was anything like the previous ones, it undoubtedly deserved the "best writing" award. As any good critic could tell you, the Prime Suspect series is in a class above Bury My Heart. It isn't even close.